Need some gardening fun in your life? Consider fresh herb gardening. One of the simplest (and easiest) forms of gardening is growing herbs. If you consider yourself a gardening beginner you can quickly discover how to easy growing fresh herbs really is.
Whether you choose to grow herbs indoors or outdoors, it is nice to have a choice which is unlike other kinds of gardening. Having your plants indoors can be soothing and relaxing. Immersing yourself in caring for your herbs takes your mind a thousand miles from the daily grind. Preparing dinner is much more exciting when you can harvest your own fresh herbs for immediate use.
Enjoying success with an herb garden takes a small amount of planning. You should make an educated decision regarding the types of herbs you want to grow. Aromatic herbs, medicinal herbs, and culinary herbs are the three main categories of herbs for home gardens.
Many herbs are useful for more than one purpose. Most all are familiar with mint. It is a culinary herb used in many cuisines that is also a medicinal herb. It is considered a useful digestive aid. When you pick mint from your garden the air is filled with its lovely fragrance, one more reason to include mint in your garden.
Your garden planning will serve you well now as your herb choices impact whether you have an indoor garden or one outdoors. While some herbs thrive indoors, others need all the elements available outdoors. Know thy herbs.
Rosemary is an herb that responds well in an outdoor garden because it needs plenty of room to grow. On the other hand, because this herb can overtake your garden, many gardeners will only grow rosemary indoors or in a container to keep it from spreading. Many people use rose hips as a medicinal herb but it can only grow outdoors.
Fresh herb gardening requires attention to the soil conditions. Because herbs tend not to do well in a soil that retains water or has a high nutrient content, avoid using pure potting soil. This is a common mistake among beginning herb gardener mistake.
The best soil mixture for herbs is made by combining potting soil, common dirt, and clean sand. The dirt will reduce the nutrient content while the sand allows excessive water to drain from the soil. Herbs prefer a slightly alkaline soil so mix in one tablespoon of lime with each container, or for each square foot of garden if planting outdoors.
A common mistake when direct planting seeds or cuttings is to cover too deeply. When this is done the tender plant cannot germinate or sprout correctly and your fresh herb garden will die off before it starts. Usually, a depth of about two inches is best, making sure the soil is not overly compacted, but slightly loose.
Sarah Phillips is an herb gardening enthusiast, and enjoys helping others get started in this wonderful hobby.
You can be enjoying your own herbs in as little as 7 days.